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Birthplace of the Augusta Chronicle

 
 
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By Mike Stroud, July 2008
1. Birthplace of Augusta Chronicle Marker
Inscription. On this site August 30, 1785, Greenburg Hughes published Augusta`s first newspaper, the Augusta Gazette, which continued, after he went to Charleston, until September 30, 1786, when John Erdman Smith, State Printer, began publishing the Georgia State Gazette or Independent Register, which on April 11, 1789, became Augusta Chronicle and Gazette of the State; in 1819 name was changed to Augusta Chronicle and Georgia Gazette; in 1820, to Augusta Chronicle; in 1821, to Augusta Chronicle and Georgia Advertiser. In 1837 absorbed States Rights Sentinel, became a daily published as Daily Chronicle and Sentinel until it absorbed the Constitutionalist in 1877 and became Chronical and Constitutionalist, and, in 1885, the Augusta Chronicle, whose descent from those two early gazettes justifies its claim as the South`s oldest newspaper, founded August 30, 1785. Since the yellow fever epidemic in 1839, it has never missed an issue.

Among its editors prominenet in public life were: Dennis Driscol (1804-11), who launched controversial journalism in Georgia; A. H. Pemberton (1825-36), first in State to urge nullification; N.S. Morse (1862-66) of Connecticut, whose distribes against President Davis revealed Union sympathies which became undisguised upon the arrival of Federal troops after the surrender; Ambrose R. Wright (1866-72), Maj. Gen.,
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By Mike Stroud, 2008
2. Birthplace of Augusta Chronicle Marker
C.S.A., elected to Congress from this District; Patrick Walsh (1873-99), Mayor of Augusta and U.S. Senator; Pleasant A. Stovall, Asst. Editor (1877-90), minister to Switzerland; and James Ryder Randall, co-Editor (1877-87), famous poet who wrote "Maryland, My Maryland."
 
Erected 1957 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 121-35.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
 
Location. 33° 28.337′ N, 81° 57.553′ W. Marker is in Augusta, Georgia, in Richmond County. Marker is on 5th Street, on the left when traveling south. Click for map. On 5th Street between Broad and Ellis Streets. Marker is in this post office area: Augusta GA 30901, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The “Haunted” Pillar of the Lower Market (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); St. James United Methodist Church (about 700 feet away); The Signer's Monument (about 800 feet away); Richmond County (approx. 0.2 miles away); Army National Guard (approx. 0.2 miles away); General George Washington
Patrick Walsh , 1840-1899 (mentioned on this marker) image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, July 2008
3. Patrick Walsh , 1840-1899 (mentioned on this marker)
This statue is located at Judicial Center, Augusta.
(approx. 0.2 miles away); Veterans of All Wars (approx. 0.2 miles away); The First Academy of Richmond County (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Augusta.
 
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James Ryder Randell, co- Editor (mentioned on this marker) image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2008
4. James Ryder Randell, co- Editor (mentioned on this marker)
This monument, on Greene St. in Augusta, is inscribed: James Ryder Randell
1839 - 1908
Better the fire upon thee roll,
Better the balde, the shot, the bowl,
Than Crucifixion of the soul,
Maryland! My Maryland!
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,702 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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